“The Book of the Week”

Each week, FashionLab’s editors will pick a must have book for your bookshelf.

This book entitled ”The Art of manipulating Fabric” is imperative for anyone who sews to have in their library as a reference book.

In The Art of manipulating Fabric, Colette Wolff seems to describe the entire history of sewing through the possibilities for three-dimensional fabric manipulation like gathering, shirring, pleating, tucking… Using a simple flat piece of cloth and a threaded needle the author categorizes all major 3-dimensional techniques, show how they are related, and give helpful examples to learn new techniques and see the old ones from a different point of view.

A clear, comprehensive overview of many techniques of manipulating the fabric

The book is organized in 6 parts:

  1. Controlled Crushing encompassing gathering and shirring.
  2. Supplementary Fullness covering making ruffles, flounces, and godets.
  3. Systematic Folding including pleating, smocking, and tucking.
  4. Filled Reliefs which is of great interest to quilters and covers cording, quilting, and stuffing.
  5. Structured Surfaces using darts.
  6. Mixed Manipulations showing how to use combinations.

Mesmorizing and inspiring

This well illustrated book on fabric manipulation could literally create a lifetime of projects from these instructions, the inspirational photos and diagrams to follow. The illustrations inside are in black and white and very clear. This book is just perfect for inspiration and visually appealing techniques that can be applied to many areas : not only clothing but also home decor, accessories etc.

You will be left with a strong desire to make things right away!

  • Publisher: Krause Publications (October 1, 1996)The Art of manipulating Fabric, Colette Wolff
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801984963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801984969


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